Guitar Lessons Tulsa | Advice
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All right. And this edition of the Curtis music Academy podcast, I’m going to be discussing, my advice for beginner students taking guitar lessons Tulsa. Now without further ado, we’re going to be discussing, learning at the pace of no mistakes and how important that is to your growth as a guitar musician student. How practicing a ton is highly encouraged in your beginning stages of guitar lessons Tulsa. And then thirdly, how important it is to have fun with your instrument. So without further ado, my name is Steven. I have been a musician for 12 years now. I have played the acoustic guitar most of my years. And also the bass guitar, some drums, some piano, but mainly acoustic guitar and bass. And also I’ve been a teacher, a music teacher going on five years, been teaching now six years as of the end of this month. And so it’s been an incredible journey.
I’ve learned tons and learned about what it means to teach what it means to instruct what it means to be a musician, what it means to work hard, what it means to be excellent, and what it means to be a master at your instrument. And so I’ve learned tons of guitar lessons Tulsa along the way when it comes to, ages of students in my instructing career, how to teach young kids and all the things that come with that, such as their attention span, their hand size, also their desires and their whimsical ability. And so also middle age students such as teenagers and preteens to teenagers, things that they desire a lot of times that their desires are to be a musical pop star or a rock star or an amazing singer.
They have high aspirations and I love it. And they are some of the most fun to teach in my opinion. I’ve had many good opportunities, many good, experiences with my teenage group of students in guitar lessons Tulsa. And so also with my adults, I’ve learned just how the attention span of my adult students are L as well as my teenage students. And I would say a lot of times my adult students are some of the more diligent, the more consistent, which has just applied effort over time and they usually see results at a very decent speed as well as my teenage and youngsters.
And so without further ado, this is advice for my beginner guitar students out there. So my first advice to you, my first tip to you beginner students out there. From my experience, my vast experience of musical theory and musicianship is to learn at the pace of no mistakes. Another way to say this would be to learn at the pace or the speed of zero mistakes. One practical tip you can do to learn at the pace of, or the speed of zero mistakes is to use a metronome to build speed or decrease speed in guitar lessons Tulsa.
Using a metronome as you’re practicing scales as you are practicing songs is going to be very, very, very helpful and very effective and your ability to build speed in your musicianship career as a student. And so it is very, very important that you know what pace to start at. And I would suggest for any beginner, one way you could attempt to figure out that pace would be to set your metronome at 20 beats per minute. And if that’s too slow, set it to 40 beats per minute, doubled it, double your beats per minute. So I would double it to 40 beats per minute. And if that’s too fast, try right in the middle at 30 beats per minute. And from that point in a, whether it’s 30 beats per minute, whether that’s too slow or too fast for you, go up in five increments, five notches at a time, or go, you know, below 30 in five increments at a time if you need to go slower. And so it’s a, an incredible tool. This metronome is why?
Because it is a perfect timekeeper and whenever you are keeping perfect time, such as what musicians, how musicians use metronomes in their concerts, in their gigs in there gigs at bars or coffee shops or with other bands in a public setting or their home recordings or even studio recordings for students of guitar lessons Tulsa. It’s very important that we keep perfect time because when people end up listening to your music, they want a consistent pace. They don’t want to start off the songs slowly and then begin to gradually get faster. That’s inconsistent and we must need, we need consistency in our speed and when we’re playing music.
And so a metronome is one of the most important tools to help develop your speed and help develop you as a musician when trying to learn at the pace of no mistakes. So that is my first tip for you beginners out there is to learn at the pace of no mistakes. And you can do this by using a metronome when you are practicing or performing. My second tip for you beginners out there would be to practice a ton. You want to practice lots and lots in your beginning stages as a musician trying to take guitar lessons Tulsa from your guitar teachers, Steven. And what does practicing a ton mean? Is practing practicing a ton, you know, an hour a week. Is it two hours a week? Is it 10 hours a week?
Well, in my experience, my vast experience of musicianship and you know, growing as a musician and playing different shows and prey, playing an American idol, you know, it’s, it’s really just a breakdown and it has to do with your goals.To become a master at anything, you’ve got to at least put 10,000 hours in that one thing. And so let’s do a little math here. When it comes to 20 10,000 hours, how many years, or I would ask how many hours are in a year? So if you do the simple math of 24 hours, times seven, it equals 100 and 68 hours. However, if you do 168 times 52 weeks, you get 8,736 hours.
So there are 800, I’m sorry, 8,736 hours in one year. And one year you won’t be putting 10,000 hours. So I would say, you know, over the next five years, so let’s do a simple math equation of 10,000 hours divided by five years. That’s 2000 hours a year, 2000 hours a year divided by 12 months is 166 hours a month, 166 hours a month divided by four weeks is 41 hours a week. So you can see here to become an amazing and master of what you’re doing. It’s important to treat it a nine to five job. So what is a nine to five job? It’s a nine to five. How long is that? Eight hours. Eight and a half hours. So it’s important to, if you want to become a master, treat it like your job.
I think that’s the principle here. Treat it like a job. I wouldn’t suggest playing eight hours a day unless you want to become an incredible, incredible musician. Now, if you want to become an average musician, just practice two hours a day or maybe even one hour a day. Either way it would work. Lastly, I want to encourage you to have fun. This is my advice to you beginners out there is to have a fun. If it isn’t fun, then you won’t be motivated to continue on. And so today, my advice for you beginners, again, it’s going to be learning at the pace of no mistakes. And how you can do that is by using a metronome in your practice and performance to practice a ton, minimum one hour a day. And then lastly, have fun because without fun, you won’t continue on playing your instrument.